Ducks take down the Lightning 3-1, on game #2 of the Moms’ 3 game road trip

2- Ducks vs Lightning Photo by NHL

The Anaheim Ducks are looking to bounce back from the loss to the Predators when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Ducks’ moms are here and lets see them bring luck and fuel the fire in there sons in the 2 remaining games of the Moms Road Trip.

The Ducks defense will need to pressure their top players to keep them off the board –  Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Brayden Point can be deadly when they have the puck. The Ducks will need to make sure they know when and where those dangerous players are when they are out on the ice.

He has missed 20 games but he is off IR and good to go in this one…

Photo by Anaheim Ducks

That’s right Carter Rowney is back and will be in the lineup tonight and will be showing off for mom in the game 2 of the moms road trip.

Hampus Lindholm who is on the road trip is not in this one but he is very close to returning during the road trip.

The Ducks will need to attack the net and get pucks past Louis Domingue any way that they can. The Ducks defenders will need to pressure their top players to keep them off the board –  Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Brayden Point can be deadly when they have the puck. The Ducks will need to make sure they know when and where those dangerous players are when they are out on the ice.

Speaking of defense… What time is it going to be in net to take on the Lightning for the front end of back to backs?

MILLER TIME- Anaheim Ducks Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Head Coach Randy Carlyle decided to mix things up where it normally would be Gibson in net on the front end but not tonight because… IT’S MILLER MILLER MILLER TIME!!! That’s right it’s Ryan Miller that is on the front end of the back to backs.

Game Highlights:

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is down and the first period is underway…

Just minutes into the period the Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Josh Manson is off to the penalty box for interference on Yanni Gourde. Carter Rowney had many shots on goal and the Ducks made good plays but they couldn’t find the back of the net… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The Ducks start playing physical early in this one and making good hits on their big players (Point and Hedman) and they are making clean hits that will not result in a penalty. A few different Ducks making safe hits – they are playing physical but playing smart at the same time.

MILLER TIME. Ryan Kesler defending when he shoves Anthony Cirelli down but runs into Miller as he makes a huge frontal snow angel save and not allowing the Lightning to get on the board.

Click here to see: MILLER TIME- Miller’s sprawling save

The defense doing good protecting and it’s Pettersson that blocks the shot by Stamkos from getting the puck near the net. Rakell gets the puck off the blocked shot and gets a really good chance but with to much speed his shot is DENIED by Domingue. The Ducks are getting plenty of chances they just can’t seem to get the puck past Louis Domingue.

The Ducks have real good puck control as the clock winding down and it’s Henrique with the chance off a good play shoots it just too wide of the net. Ducks pounce on the rebound but couldn’t get that puck through and into the back of the net.

The Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Nikita Kucherov off to the penalty box for slashing Pontus Aberg with just 9.3 seconds remaining in the period. Kucherov slashed Aberg away from the play but not out of the sight of the official. The Ducks with a few good chances before the the horn sounds and the Ducks will start the second period with 1:51 remaining on their power play.

The Anaheim Ducks head off to the locker room scoreless it’s 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Ducks will be able to come up with a game plan on how to take advantage when they hit the ice with almost a full power play. This was a solid period for the Ducks. The Ducks have good control of the puck and are applying pressure to force them to play more defense. The Ducks have done well defensively because they are making it hard for their top players to get a shot through to Miller. It’s MILLER TIME!!! Ryan Miller is coming up big and will continue making the big saves and DENY the Lightning from scoring. The Ducks are making plays and getting good chances but they need to figure out how to get one past Domingue. The Ducks need to attack the net to get more and more chances to get one into the back of the net.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Here we go the puck is dropped and the second period is underway…

The Ducks start with 1:51 remaining on their JMG POWER PLAY from the penalty on Kucherov who slashed Aberg just seconds before the first period ended. Montour fires his one-timer that is fired wide. The Ducks had good possession but had a hard time getting and keeping the puck down low. The Ducks had good puck control but they just couldn’t get the puck to the net… penalty killed and the Lightning are back to full strength.

MILLER TIME!!! Miller makes a big blocker save and covers the puck on Anthony Cirelli shot on goal. The Lightning look at the ipad on the bench to try to figure out how they are going to get one past Miller.

 [Miller’s saves on Cirelli] Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The dangerous Brayden Point with a breakaway it looked like an goal but Point is completely DENIED of a breakaway goal because it’s MILLER TIME. The Lightning continue to try to figure how they are going to get a puck behind a technically sound and calm Ryan Miller in net for the Ducks.

THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #42 JOSH MANSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #14 ADAM HENRIQUE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! Manson bounces on the rebounded puck laying in the crease and he elevates the puck which goes up and under the crossbar… the puck is in the back of the net. The Ducks are on the board first in this one, it’s 1-0 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Manson pops one in for Mom

Aberg with a good chance in extending the lead but DENIED by the glove of Louis Domingue.

Then it’s MILLER TIME DENIED the dangerous Steven Stamkos scoring but with just a little over a minute in the period… The Tampa Bay Lightning Goal. It’s the dangerous Brayden Point with the goal. He gets the puck to find the back of the net to tie it late in the period, we are tied 1-1.

Click here to see: Lightning Goal #1

The Anaheim Ducks are off to the locker room tied 1-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was a good period the Ducks generated a few good chances they will need to attack the net and cause chaos in front of Domingue so we can take the lead. Ryan Miller remaining strong and calm in net for the Ducks and the reason we are tied 1-1 after 2 periods of play. The Ducks need to be physical and defend and not allow time in the zone – limit shots on Miller and force them to defend. The Ducks also need to not take penalties and get things going and capitalize off power plays if they are called.

 Photo by Anaheim Ducks

The puck is dropped and the final period is underway…

Just a little over 5 minutes into the period, the Anaheim Ducks go on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Nikita Kucherov off to the penalty box for hooking Rickard Rakell. That is a power play that the Ducks cashed in off of… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! A JMG POWER PLAY GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #37 NICK RITCHIE!!! ASSISTED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! ASSISTED BY THE #25 ONDREJ KASE!!! Aberg blast goes high and with Kesler and Ritchie in front find the back of the net. Looked like they both tapped it into the back of the net. Having net front presence really pays off because the Ducks take the lead in this one, it’s 2-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: POWER PLAY GOAL- Ritchie gets one for Mom

The Lightning were unsuccessful on the penalty, penalty has expired and the Lightning are back to full strength.

Just 48 seconds after the PPG… THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL!!! SCORED BY THE #24 CARTER ROWNEY!!! ASSISTED BY THE #28 MARCUS PETTERSSON!!! ASSISTED BY THE #20 PONTUS ABERG!!! Rowney gets the puck and elevates over the glove and into the back of the net. The Ducks extend their lead, it’s 3-1 Ducks.

Click here to see: GOAL- Rowney gets one in for Mom

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty as Brandon Montour is off to the box for hooking Tyler Johnson. It’s MILLER TIME… Miller DENIES pucks coming at him then with just 33 seconds remaining on the PK we have 3-on-5 hockey as Brian Gibbons is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Tyler Johnson. They had chances DENIED by Miller… penalty killed… Montour is out of the box and the Lightning have a one man advantage with a minute and a half remaining of power play time. MILLER TIME continues and he continues to DENY pucks that come at him from every direction. They had chances but couldn’t figure out how to get one past Ryan Miller… penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength.

The ever dangerous Brayden Point completely bulldozes goaltender Ryan Miller  (a nerve wrecking moment for mom to watch). Point wasn’t pushed into the goaltender and made no intention in slowing down to avoid running into Miller. The Ducks retaliate as Miller is down after the collision with Point. The Ducks feel that Point deserves a trip to the penalty box and the official agreed with the Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks are on a JMG POWER PLAY!!! It’s Brayden Point off to the penalty box for goaltender interference with Ryan Miller. The Ducks had chances but couldn’t get one in the back of the net due to good goaltending… penalty killed and the Lightning are back to full strength.

So close to extending the lead when Aberg gets a breakaway and Domingue saw it coming and completely DENIED Aberg of a breakaway goal with a glove save.

Click here to see: Domingue’s clutch glove save

The Anaheim Ducks go on the penalty kill as Ryan Getzlaf is off to the penalty box for high-sticking Nikita Kucherov. The Lightning pulls Domingue so it’s 6-on-4 with a little over than 2-minutes remaining. It’s MILLER TIME!!! Ryan Miller standing strong making save after save. He is making it look easy saving every shot that comes flying at him. Huge glove save Miller. Penalty killed and the Ducks are back to full strength with just 1:15 remaining in the game.

The horn sounds and the Lightning fall 3-1. They will need to do their homework when they face Miller again since they had a difficult time trying to get pucks past and into the back of the net.

Performance Level HIGH

Ryan Miller has broken a NHL record

11-27-18- Ryan Miller with his 373rd win passes Andy Moog for sole possession of 17th on the all-time wins list for NHL goalies. He is just one win away from tying John Vanbiesbrouck (374) for all-time lead among U.S. born netminders.

Ducks Logo Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Thoughts on the game from the Anaheim Ducks players and coaches

Manson with the puck Photo by Getty Images

Josh Manson: Way better effort from our team, just better all around. We still took a lot of penalties, but our penalty kill came up big, [Miller] made some big saves and we got the outcome. That’s the kind of game we should expect from ourselves every night.

Josh Manson: They had their chances, but we capitalized on ours. This shows us we can play with teams if we play the right way and come in with a solid effort and play smart.

MILLER TIME Photo by Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Miller: We did some things well early and got out of the first period 0-0. They’ve been scoring 3-4 goals in the first for a while. Third period, we had that zone time and made it count.

Ryan Miller: We were in good spots and I thought we stayed pretty tight. Even on that 6-on-4, we had two and three guys in the corners and we won those battles. It was good to see.

Head Coach Randy Carlyle-NHL NBC Sports Photo by NHL NBC Sports

Head Coach Randy Carlyle: “We understand that we have more competitiveness in our hockey club than we displayed in our last game (a 5-2 loss at the Nashville Predators on Sunday) and we had to demonstrate that,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “They’ve got so much offensive power that if you’re not in good defensive position and you don’t win your share of the battles they can embarrass you.”

1- Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Tampa Bay Lightning

Thoughts on the game from the Tampa Bay Lightning players and coaches

Ryan Callahan- Raw Charge Photo by Raw Charge

Ryan Callahan: “I thought the first two periods, it was a back-and-forth game,” Lightning forward Ryan Callahan said. “We had a lot of time in their end in the second and couldn’t bury some of our chances. They get that one off the glass and another one on the next shift … those were pretty big.”

Head Coach Jon Cooper Photo by USA Today

Coach Jon Cooper: We had 35 shots and doubled their scoring chances, I thought the boys played pretty well. “Anaheim is a big team and they can skate. They nullified a few things for us with their size down low, and Ryan Miller played outstanding. He was probably the difference in the game.”

Coach Jon Cooper: We had our chances. [Miller] makes an outstanding save on Killorn, and we just missed a tap in on a power play. It happens. Usually in a game like that we get three or four [goals]; tonight we got one. Tip your hat to the goalie.”

 

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Source: Kyle Shohara- Recap: Ducks Special Teams Plays Key Role in 3-1 Victory Over Lightning

Source: Corey Long- Ritchie, Rowney score 48 seconds apart in the third, Ducks defeat Lightning

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